Yadanarbon’s coach would rather play himself that see want-away national goalkeeper Thiha Sithu take the field for tonight’s hosting of Magwe FC in the first-leg of their General Aung San Shield clash. That despite the suspension of key defender Kekere Moukailou.
It may not have recalled the hushed streets and raucous big-screen gatherings of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games final. But in the teashops and beer stations of Yangon, all attention was being directed yesterday toward the corner screen as patrons, with quiet intensity, willed the nation’s U16 side to avenge June’s disappointment and defeat Thailand to lift the regional age-group championship trophy.
The 224 fans occupying the stands at the Aung San Stadium on August 9 might not have had much to cheer about during the 0-0 encounter between Magwe FC and Hantharwady FC, but three members of the crowd would have gone home quietly happy.
This time next week they will be in Malaysia preparing to become Myanmar’s first skating representatives at an international X Games competition. But today they will take a break from training to cruise Yangon’s streets raising funds for the #saveMyanmar floods campaign.
In front of close to 40,000 Cambodian supporters, Myanmar U16 held their nerve to deliver a 3-0 win at the Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh. The victory sends the Little Angels on to today’s ASEAN Football Federation U16 Championship semi-final, where they will face an unbeaten Laos.
Ahnt Khaung Htut found himself centre of attention at swimming’s World Championships on August 2 when he was forced to swim alone in the heats of the men’s 100 metres breaststroke and in doing so set a personal best.
Myanmar's U16 coach Eric Williams did his mathematics and chose to keep the line-up of his young team fresh for their August 5 meeting with hosts Cambodia, rather than tire them out against favourites Australia when they met yesterday at the ASEAN Football Federation’s U16 Championship.
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